2016 By The Numbers
FOCUS and Wylie House Emergency Shelters made 24 emergency beds available year round. The shelter assisted 241 people including families with children in the Wylie House shelter. The average length of stay for the 90 day program is 41.14 days.
FISH served as the agent for the NVEnergy Special Assistance Fund for Energy grant program in Carson City. In 2016, FISH administered 278 grants for utility payments
FISH rolled out a “community database”, so local nonprofits and government agencies can jointly track and coordinate services for shared clients. This database improves overall services, reduces duplication of effort, and helps to identify “super utilizers” who over-use available community resources. We find that if our staff has to work harder than the client, the client will not succeed. So we challenge them to take an active role toward self-sufficiency.
Our Transitional Housing Program is designed to help families (who work a minimum of 40 hours per week and have kids under the age of 18) to get stabilized. FISH offers housing with low rent and gives these families 24 months to achieve a stable financial path. It's the next step to no longer needing assistance.
We have found that by creating a stable living environment, and providing nutritious meals… our clients find a renewed hope. With hope, clients can more accurately assess their behaviors and skills, and develop a willingness to change behaviors and improve their skills. Clients create goals and FISH holds them accountable. For an example, if someone needs an I.D. to begin work, we give them a check made out to the DMV. The client just needs to follow through. As clients achieve small goals, we work on bigger goals, like developing skills to move from a minimum wage part-time job to a higher pay full-time job.
We summarize our services using our name, FISH provides Food, Instruction, Shelter, and Health care. FISH has locations in Carson, Douglas and Lyon counties, where we provide “a hand up, not a hand out”. Last year FISH served 4,110 Households of which 3195 were under the federal poverty level. We provided 391,602 pantry meals, 35,610 dining meals and shelter for 187 Men and 84 Women.
After nearly 25 years working for corporations, Jim began serving as Executive Director of FISH in 2009. Jim has experience rebuilding non-profits so they are self-sustaining and valued by the local community. He has focused on developing collaborative relationships to help improve and enhance the non-profits that he works with. Jim has a Master's Degree from Michigan State University and is a member of the local Pastor's Association and Rotary Club.
Jim has worked in a number of hotels and restaurants around the West and Colorado and came to settle in the Tahoe/Carson City area in 1979. He enjoys his profession and the food industry. On his off time he enjoys camping, reading, hiking and, of course, cooking.
John manages FISH's two homeless shelters. He has been with FISH since 2011 and has lived in Carson City since 2000. In his free time he enjoys fishing, sports, and attending to church.
Katy manages the Mound House Thrift Store and works at the store in Carson City. She has been with FISH since 2011 and has worked in retail since 1984. Katy has a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Display and has lived in Carson City since 2001. She is raising three awesome kids here with her husband of 27 years.
Beth joined FISH as the Client Services Manager in July 2013. Before coming to FISH, Beth worked as a child protective service worker, a case manager for probation and parolees, a recruiter for temp agency, and a youth pastor. She has a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Pacific Lutheran University and a Masters of Divinity from American Baptist Seminary of the West. Beth is married and has two children.
Liz oversees the operation at the food bank as well as the Family Dining Room. She also coordinates volunteer services for the various operations at FISH. She and her family have been living in Douglas County for over 30 years.
Robin has just begun her journey with FISH. Bringing her decade of banking experience and 20 years of finance experience with the State of Nevada. She is in charge of finance, grants and communications for FISH. She has a BS in Business Administration from California State University, Chico.
Katrina has been with FISH since 2011. She has an undergraduate business degree and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Nevada, Reno. Katrina has lived in the Carson Valley for 11 years.